AGARTALA, Oct 20 - Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb on Sunday said the government would take stringent legal steps against those found indulging in corrupt practices.
Corrupt persons, whoever they may be or wherever they go for hiding, will be jailed under the provisions of law, Deb said, without referring to former PWD Minister Badal Chowdhury who has gone missing after a court rejected his bail petition.
Chowdhury is wanted in a PWD tender irregularity case and his anticipatory bail would be heard by the Tripura High Court on Monday. Former chief engineer Sunil Bhowmik, who was arrested in connection with the case, is now in police remand while another accused, former Chief Secretary YP Singh, is still at large.
Deb was addressing a gathering after flagging off Air Asia�s flight service to four destinations � Guwahati, Kolkata, Delhi and Imphal from the Maharaja Bir Bikram Airport in Agartala.
Transport Minister Pranajit Singha Roy, Air Asia CEO Sanjay Kumar and AAI�s Regional Executive Director Sanjiv Jindal were also present.
�There will be no compromise on corruption. The government will also not spare those who are shielding corrupt persons,� Deb said, adding that �Achhe Din� have come in Tripura as Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised during the 2014 general elections. �Now only good things will happen in the state which had witnessed worst days during the Marxist regime,� he said.
After introduction of the Air Asia flights, the MBB Airport has become the second busiest airport in the entire North East, with 18 flights coming to Agartala. An Agartala-Delhi direct flight was flagged off earlier in October.
MP Pratima Bhowmik thanked Air Asia for introducing the flight services from Agartala. �The flights will bring a lot of positive impact in the state,� she said.
Air Asia CEO Sanjay Kumar promised that the private air carrier would try to introduce more flights to other cities like Mumbai, Chennai and Hyderabad connecting Agartala within a couple of months.